Barclaycard and Lyle & Scott have teamed up to launch a contactless payment jacket powered by bPay. The Contactless Jacket, which features the same contactless payment chip found in debit/credit cards discretely hidden in the cuff of the right sleeve, allows the wearer to pay for anything to £30 across 300,000 shops, bars, restaurants and stations around the UK.
The double-faced, hooded jacket is available from the heritage brand in Admiral Blue and True Black and costs £150.
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Like smartwatches and Barclaycard's own contactless gloves trial, the jacket is a sensible choice for this project as it's a garment that's worn day in, day out. Still, time will tell how many jackets are being produced and whether this is more than a gimmick. After our tale of wearable tech awkwardness with the bPay band, we're also intrigued to see how easy it is to indicate we want to pay by jacket.
Lyle & Scott's collaboration between its new innovation team and Barclaycard is strategic - the announcement is timed with the contactless limit increasing from £20 to £30. And the contactless payment industry grew more than 300 percent in 2014, according to the UK Cards Association.
"The combination of the heritage of a brand like Lyle & Scott, with the latest payments technology from bPay will further advance contactless payments as being the easiest and quickest way to buy everyday things – be it a morning coffee, quick trip to the supermarket, or a bus trip across town."
The Contactless Jacket will go on sale on 2 September from Lyle & Scott's Carnaby Street store and online store. Shipping is free but UK only.